July 22, 2011
Wearing a camouflage Army uniform and sitting upright in a wheelchair, the military psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people in a shooting rampage here appeared in court on Wednesday at his arraignment, without the civilian lawyer who had been his lead defense attorney.
Richard Rosen, an expert in military law and the director of the Center for Military Law and Policy at the Texas Tech University School of Law, said Mr. Galligan’s departure would not pose a major problem for Major Hasan’s defense. “It’s not unusual to change counsel,” Professor Rosen said. “It’s like any other case. They may have had disagreements about what the defense would be. With almost eight months to go before trial, Hasan has more than enough time to prepare.”